On December 27, the 29th Sunday after Pentecost and the 2nd Sunday before Nativity, that of the Holy Forefathers, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign, co-served by: cathedral dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Edward Chervinsky (cathedral cleric), Hieromonk Herman (Majkrzak; OCA cleric), Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff (cathedral cleric), and Deacon Nicholas Ilyin (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY).
The Synodal choir sang beautifully under the direction of conductor Vadim S. Gan. The parishioners who came to pray confessed their sins and communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of Liturgy, Metropolitan Hilarion addressed the faithful with a sermon, in which he spoke about the God-pleasing saints of the Old Testament, who lived in anticipation of the coming fo Christ God.
"They prayed for this, and labored according to the Law of God. The Lord granted to many the gift of prophecy, and they spoke about the coming of the Son of God, Who would restore fallen man… The prophets wrote about the future Savior of the world, and that a Virgin could bear a Child and call His name Emmanuel, meaning ‘God with us.’"
His Eminence called on the faithful to honor the Old Testament saints of God, to approach the Lord, to attend His church, and to participate in the grace-filled life of the Church, especially in these preparatory days before the great feast of Christ’s Nativity.